WATSON, Gertrude Louisa

1864 - 1941

As Gertrude Louisa Ford, she was born at Newport, Monmouthshire on 29 October 1864, eldest child of John Ford, brass moulder, and his wife Pamela née Bridgett, who married at Newport in 1863. In 1881, a 16 year old pupil teacher living at 6 Beckett Street, Bilston, Staffordshire with her parents, 39 year old John and 39 year old Pamela, with four younger siblings, Alice Maud M. 15, Roseanna Caroline 12, Edith F. 3 and brother Harold J. 2, all born at Newport. By 1891, a 26 year old assistant school mistress boarding at The School House, School Road, Warley, Staffordshire with the headmaster 26 year old Thomas Olden and his sister and three other school mistresses. She married at Wolverhampton, Staffordshire in 1892, Charles Watson and they moved to The Board School, Queen Street, Cowlinge, Suffolk. In 1911, a 46 year old elementary school teacher, still at Cowlinge, with her 46 year old husband Charles, also a school teacher with his 35 year old sister Elizabeth Watson as their housekeeper. Gertrude became very friendly with Dr Katharine Heanley (1869-1957), who was also an amateur sketcher and lived at Bigsby's Corner, Saxmundham, Suffolk and they travelled together painting and sketching around Chatteris, Cambridgeshire. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1936-1939 exhibiting from 'Hacketts', Saxmundham in 1936 two oils 'Bush Roses' and 'The Rose Bowl' and a watercolour 'Twilight Iris', in 1937, two oil paintings 'Old Adventure' and 'Higgler Hill' and in 1938 one oil 'Wind Whistle Farm' and two watercolours 'Beccles' and 'Daphne Posing'. In 1939, a widow and retired teacher, living at 35 Ransome Road, Ipswich where she died in 1941, aged 76.